Music

World Cafe
12:59 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

World Cafe Next: The Districts

The Districts.
Caitlin McCann Courtesy of the artist

The Districts started out as a high-school band in Lititz, Penn. After some wise touring that included a SXSW visit last year — as well as a video with more than 300,000 views — the group now has a self-titled EP due out Tuesday on a national label. You can download two of the folk-pop band's catchy songs on the World Cafe: Next podcast.

World Cafe
11:17 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Foxygen On World Cafe

Foxygen.
Angel Ceballos Courtesy of the artist

In a segment from January of last year — around the time they released their successful debut, We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic — Foxygen's Jonathan Rado and Sam France turn up on World Cafe to perform and discuss songs from their album together.

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Favorite Sessions
4:02 am
Mon January 27, 2014

KEXP Presents: Helmet

Helmet's Page Hamilton peforms live in KEXP's studio in Seattle.
Beth Crook KEXP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:41 am

Not sure if it's a compliment to be called a "thinking man's metal band" — if nothing else, it's not so nice to the other metal bands — but Helmet has always made smart music that never loses its punch. Singer and guitarist Page Hamilton founded the group back in 1989, and since then it's gone through the usual motions of a successful band: early attention leading to a label signing, a series of albums that grow more critically acclaimed but sell less than expected, band dissolution and breakup, subsequent solo work and collaborations, and an eventual reboot.

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First Listen
7:02 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

First Listen: Jeremy Messersmith, 'Heart Murmurs'

Jeremy Messersmith's new album, Heart Murmurs, comes out Feb. 4.
Kyle Dean Reinford Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 6:22 am

Minneapolis singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith sings sweet, timeless songs about love, desire, death and grief — not, it would seem, the stuff of grandiose artistic ambition. And yet Messersmith stands out by trying harder, doing more and always reaching farther than it seems.

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First Listen
7:02 pm
Sun January 26, 2014

First Listen: Marissa Nadler, 'July'

Marissa Nadler's new album, July, comes out Feb. 4.
Courtney B. Hall Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 6:23 am

On her sixth album, Boston-born singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler gets darker than ever before: Its title must refer to a cold, polarizing kind of July, with the frigid climes that accompany an early-February release.

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